‘The Sword in the Stone: True Story’ (2017)

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I like to post this essay now and then because we need a hero like King Arthur, blessed by God and able to win impossible victories to deliver us from our pagan enemies.

The Sword in the Stone: True Story

It’s been some years since I came to this conclusion, that the sword in the stone was a true story. It’s become very vivid to me now. Yes, it could have happened that way. In my mind’s eye, I can very clearly see the stunned expressions on the faces of the Sarmatian cavalrymen, veterans and youngsters alike, when they see this nobody, this young man out of nowhere, pull out the sword that they’ve been worshiping, flourish it over his head for everyone to see, and call upon them to rise up against the invaders of their country.

No one does a thing like that without God’s guidance.

see him! I see him on a great horse galloping, leading a desperate uphill charge that will break the pagans’ shield-wall and insure the future of Britain as a Christian land.

It’d make quite a novel.

10 comments on “‘The Sword in the Stone: True Story’ (2017)

  1. We are in need of heroic Christian heroes like the apostles of old. Martin Luther was pretty good himself. A preacher at our City Elders meeting Thursday evening exhorted what was needed today more than anything else from the Body of Christ is courage.

  2. From “Israel, Tribulation, Rapture”

    In the 2001 movie, Enemy at the Gates, which describes the events surrounding the Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942 and 1943, Nikita Khrushchev, a commissar who served as an intermediary between Stalin and his generals, took charge of a Russian army that had lost hope and courage in defense of Stalingrad. The scene we will look at begins when Khrushchev walks into the office of the General in charge:

    Red Army General: I carried out my orders. I sent in all of my boys. But the Germans engulfed us. They have artillery, aircraft, tanks. And me? What did I have?!
    Khrushchev: Sacred duty to resist! I have to report back to the boss. [hands him a pistol] Perhaps you’d prefer to avoid the red tape. [Khrushchev walks out of the room to address political officers. There is a gunshot, then he begins] My name … is Nikita … Sergeyevich … Khrushchev. I’ve come to take things in hand here. This city is not Kursk, nor is it Kiev nor Minsk. This city is Stalingrad. Stalin-grad! The city bears the name of the boss. It’s more than a city, it’s a symbol. If the Germans capture this city, the entire country will collapse. Now, I want our boys to raise their heads. I want them to act like they have BALLS! I want them to stop SHITTING THEIR PANTS! [briefly pauses] That’s your job. As political officers, I’m counting on you. You, what’s your suggestion?
    Officer #1: Shoot all the other generals who have retreated. And their chiefs of staff, too.
    Officer #2: M-make s-some examples. D-d-d-d-d-de-port the families of the d-d-deserters.
    Khrushchev: [Bored] Yes, yes, that’s all been done.
    Danilov: Give them hope! [Khrushchev walks over, pushes an officer out of the way to stand face to face to Danilov] Here the men’s only choices is between German bullets and ours. But there’s another way, a way of courage, a way of love of the Motherland. We must publish the army newspaper again. We must tell magnificent stories, stories that extol sacrifice, bravery, courage. We must give them hope, pride, a desire to fight. We must make them believe in the victory. Yes, we need to make examples, yes, but examples to follow. What we need are heroes.
    Khrushchev: [skeptical] Do you know any heroes around here?
    Danilov: Yes, comrade. I know one.
    Although an evil man, there is something to be said about Khrushchev’s spirit, disposition, and stance. When he heard Danilov speak the words, “Give them hope,” he immediately recognized the truthfulness of his words. Without hope, the Russian army could not holdout; much less defeat the mighty forces the Germans had arrayed against them.

    The Church in America is going down in flames; the pastors have a “Sacred duty to resist!” However, what do they give their troops, hope for victory in the land? No, just escape (the Rapture), for they preach things are getting worse and worse.
    To use Danilov’s words, we must publish magnificent stories, stories that extol sacrifice, bravery, courage (and there are many such true stories). We must give the Church hope, pride, a desire to fight. We must make them believe in the victory. We need heroes (a few have been mentioned in this book), and we do not have but just one hero, there is a multitude of them.
    Dispensationalism is not the doctrine the Church has held through the ages. There is no victory in the great escape (the Rapture). Dispensational teaching robs our children of hope for a better world. Believers claim that even after Christ comes back the “third” time, after the tribulation, and rules the earth for the prescribed millennium, Jesus will still fail because the nations will rebel at the end of those 1,000 golden years.
    When a Dispensationalist says Jesus is coming “very soon,” or “we are running out of time,” it is very different from saying Jesus could come at any time. If I said the city of Milwaukee could have a devastating earthquake at any moment, that may be true at some point. However, I have not given any time frame or time limit when the quake would happen. On the other hand, when a Dispensationalist says Jesus is coming soon, he is absolutely predicting that within the generation that saw Israel become a nation, the Lord will return once more. That all but pinpoints the event.
    We are not running out of time. We have as much time as we need to accomplish God’s plan for our world. Our children, their grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren can work for God, on and on, until this world is no longer in rebellion against its loving Creator and Lord. In addition, these future generations can build on what we accomplish in our lifetime. His coming is not soon, and whether we live 30 years or 120 years, the only thing that is certain to occur will be our deaths. From the look of things, it could be a long time before God’s Church wakes up and throws off the pessimistic Dispensational teaching that has blighted its mission for 100 years or more. Only when this misdirected belief system is gone will the Church rouse itself and again become the salt and light of this world, with a glorious vision of victory.

    1. It’s difficult to know how much of that Khrushchev story is true. It was, after all, published while he was dictator of the Soviet Union.

  3. I agree. Did that conversation really take place, I am not sure. Even the hero, the sniper Vasily Zaitsev, the film’s main character is a fictionalized version. So, the sniper’s duel with the German may not have even happened.

    But the point I made is not fiction. The “end time” “last days” doctrine currently believed by millions of Christians, is a doctrine of defeat, this is not fiction. The evidence is all around as a comment someone made a few days ago confirms, “but it doesn’t happen as the Scriptures show.” What does that mean? I would guess, defeat for God’s people. It will get so bad, God will have to spirit His people out of here (rapture), because the devil and anti-christ are going to take over. Why should God’s people really try to make a difference, when it’s all going to go to hell very very very soon anyway… That is not a doctrine of victory! Nor is it the faith we should earnestly contend for, which faith was once delivered unto the saints. Many Christians believe with a “forked mind” they say one thing, but their actions speak another.

    1. When I first became a Christian, I taught many Bible studies which included the “Rapture” as part of the end times. Little did I know at the time, that that teaching was not part of the faith once delivered unto the saints. That is, until I read the writings of numerous authors dealing with the “last days” and “end times”. Authors like Leroy Edwin Froom. Froom in his four-volume set of books, “The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers” states:

      “…But it should also be borne in mind that it was not until the first decade of the twentieth century that Dispensationalism, with its rapture theory, and the separation of the seventieth week from the previous sixty-nine weeks of years of Daniel 9, became general in the then newly forming Fundamentalist wing of Protestantism…
      …The Plymouth Brethren, in general, became the formulators and promulgators of the Dispensationalist- pretribulationist-Futurist premillennialism now widespread in Fundamentalist circles. Their influence, out of all proportion to their numbers, affected ministers of many denominations in Europe and America, and especially many leading evangelists, including D.L. Moody.” Vol 4, pp 1203, 1223

  4. Yes, we are in need of heroic Christian heroes like the apostles of old. There was at one time the “Heroes of the Faith” series of books full of true Christian heroes, published by Barbour Publishing. These books were well written, full of information, interesting, inspiring, moving, all in about 200 pages or so. I have a few of those books (Mary Slessor, William Carey, Fanny Crosby etc.). I wanted to buy the whole series, but when I contacted the publisher about a year ago, they told me the series has been discontinued.

    That would be a good project for someone, make a list of these kinds of books, and where to purchase them. Maybe most are already online. However, I much prefer a real book, not an eBook.

  5. Those that believe in the rapture somehow overlook Jesus’ own prayer. “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15).

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